7
Jul
2006

Global Umberella Organization for Protection from Non-thermal EMFs and EMR

Ladies and Gentlemen:

My name is Kyong H. Nam who have been living, for the last 23 years, under the HV power line which is proposed to be upgraded from 138 KV to 230 KV with 5-fold power increase. I have brought up 3 children from young ages. My home is in a small community called Tsawwassen in BC, Canada.

I have spent last one and half years to study EMFs and EMR health hazards. I have found many brilliant scientists, engineers, organizations and individuals who sacrificed time and money to protect affected people from non-thermal EMFs and EMR. Excellent in their efforts, but the results were minimal because of big and powerful hands like ICNIRP, WHO, utility companies and governments.

In a couple of hours, BC Utility Commission (BCUC) will hand down their decision. Regardless of the decision, I am proposing a "Global Umbrella Organization for Protection from Non-thermal EMFs and EMR (GUOPNE)" to counter ICNIRP/WHO, governments and utility companies. Without such a Global Umbrella Organization, it would take decades more for the affected people to be protected from non-thermal EMFs and EMR like tobacco smokes. GUOPNE should not forget to embrace Eastern countries like Russia and China.

Is there anyone who would like to initiate organizing the guide-less people to a powerful organization? Please comment. Please relay this message to the interested people.

Kyong H. Nam / Tsawwassen
namlaser at yahoo.com

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I am in full agreement that we need a "people's" organization to coordinate information, and to assist in testimony and litigation where necessary. Also, alternate sound engineering technologies are available but the utilities would rather spend 10 to 30 percent death and suffering of the population as casualties of undetermined cause, than they would to spend the necessary investment in better technology.

I have outlined the structure of such an organization, which tentatively, I have called the International Institute for Electric and Electromagnetic Effects on Health (IIEEEH). You may have a better name.

The Institute can be registered as a limitied liability company (LLC) with volunteer officers with travel expenses for meetings, paid secretary and office staff as necessary.

The Institute could also serve as publisher of authentic, science-based research such as many EMF investigators have difficulty getting published in the so-called major journals. I find that the vested interests in corporate and government financial grants take priority over public good, at most of our major universities and government agencies. They have no interest in learning more about EMF. It might jeopardize their Pot-O-Gold. All of the above costs money and time commitments. However, we have the people on our side when they begin to realize that they have chronic EMF exposure in their homes that can account for some of the stress syndrome -- Hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, many forms of cancer, and impaired immune system in animals as well as humans. I am currently collecting additional exposure data on a farm where a transmission line was constructed between two buildings with a small distance between, in preparation for a court case.

I have observed some very talented persons contributing to the EMF blogs that I receive. Perhaps one of you could take it on. Thank you!

I had hopes of organizing this myself, but at age 77, Mary and I have concluded that we already have more commitments than we are likely to get done, before we join her Sister Maristella. Sister Maristella (Order of The Precious Blood) succumbed to cancer after living in a hermitage under a transmission line on a Benedictine Monastery in Saskatchewan, and finally died in Windsor, Ont, 1999. This nun was a graduate of University of Michigan Law School, Suum cum laude. She practiced law in Chicago for 10 years with Lord, Bissel and Cadyke and was offered a full partnership if she would stay with the firm. She, in her good wit said, "No, I'm goin to work for another Lord!"

She wrote to us about the transmission line which she thought was making her sick, and suggested that I contact Dr. Andrew Marino at Louisiana State University Medical Center, who was a pioneer in the field, and see what I could do about it. We did that some years after, when it was too late.

When one considers the enormity of the Senior Citizen's groups budgets that began with a $5.00 (U.S$) membership fee, I believe the money is there for the asking, and we need to start asking, in magazines, news paper advertisements, radio, etc. I 'm skeptical about government sources, but we now have some Township governing Boards that are speaking up for the residents, or rather the residents are speaking up and the Boards are listening. They are unlikely to spend real money for national and international information, promotion. But the people are glad to have a knowledgeable source come and represent them. That's hard to do if you don't have a support base, or something to sell.

I have started an information campaign with the Michigan Legislature, and since this is an election year, we will have candidates asking each other "What are you doing about the pollution, and collusion?"

Remember, a dozen Jewish boys changed the nature of people all over the earth for some 2000 years. It was a struggle for truth and many became martyrs! Keep plugging!

Don Hillman
donag1 at aol.com

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Dr. Nam,

We are all awaiting news of your decision. I am in Ontario just north of Toronto and was expecting some news from Maureen Broadfoot earlier today but I guess there has been some delay. I am with the Stop Transmission Lines Over People (STOP) Committee.

I have read many of your letters and reports circulated to those with similar interests and concerns. Sharing the expertise has been beneficial and helpful to many including our group. We thank you for your efforts.

Dr. David Fancy and Martin Weatherall have begun the type of "umbrella organization" you are referring to. They are working under the name SWEEP. Are you in touch with them? I have by copy included them in this response and hope they can assist you in your proposal.

I agree that Internationally there are many who share the respective concerns that would make a unified organization carry further power and credibility. You have many contacts on this list and I will provide an additional contact in the Newfoundland area .(Gerald Higgins) E-mail Address(es): gerryhiggins50 at hotmail.com

Gerry Higgins has been raising awareness of the effects associated with transformers and cancer cases in his home town of Norris Arm. He has asked for an Independent funded study to be conducted for years.

Please let us know of your local decision when you are able.

Thanks,

Sue Fusco
//www.stop-emf.ca

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Hi Kyong

Your idea is very good and very worth while.

An office location would be needed and professional staff. If there was money available or funding from government, there would be a much better chance of getting this organization off the ground. I have approached the only wealthy person that I know and was unsuccessful in getting funding for a similar cause. If you or any contacts can find funding, I am sure we could start an organization very quickly. I am willing to assist.

Best wishes

Martin Weatherall

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Dr Nam,

I am sorry to hear of the results of the BC organization, but your campaign has inspired and informed many people nonetheless.

I have also read many of your posts and letters, and it is wonderful that a researcher with your level of expertise has been working so directly to affect local policy.

As Sue Fusco mentioned, Martin Weatherall and myself have been working to establish a Canadian Initiative (SWEEP) that will help accelerate connections between existing infromation by providing information, relaying contacts, and in many cases where possible direclty helping those living with electrohypersensitivity. We have hesitated using the descriptor of 'umbrella' for SWEEP as we simply don't have the resources to do this type of organizing, and also philosophically believe that people empowered to make change in their local communities is an excellent first objective.

However, your idea of a global initiative is a particularly good one, and I think that a way forward would be to establish a working commitee of individuals already working in the activist field from each country where such advocacy is taking place. This committee could then issue a statement as a starting point. At the moment, all my activist energies are going into pulling together sufficient materials for an excellent website to inform publics in Canada and beyond, and I have been getting some excellent help and advice from Magda Havas on this. Once this website is up I would be pleased to stand as one of a number of Canadians on a form of international inaugural committee. Perhaps you will join me? Sue, Magda, Martin? We could facilitate a statement for an intitial platform and help further circulate Dr Nam's suggestion?

David

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Dear Kyong

I am sorry to hear this.

You are right about forming a group to challenge WHO and ICNIRP and the Governments of this world, the world of FREEDOM??? More like FREEDOM for industry to do what they like.

Best wishes

Eileen O'Connor
Trustee EM Radiation Research Trust
//www.radiationresearch.org

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Hi Friends:

Here are my thoughts of GUOPNE (inmterim).

Kyong


July 18, 2006

I thank everybody who sent valuable comments and ideas on my appeal to organize GUOPNE (interim). There seem to be many people and local organizations that have thought of the similar organization. By many reasons the ideas have not been materialized yet. Many people might have done groundwork with lots progress. Therefore somebody may suspect my ego and credential.

I am a senior, still working in laser development and applications. I am an electrical engineer and high power laser scientist who do not have any expertise in EMF and EMR. My family and I are EMF affected people. I wanted to see a global body that can lead powerless EMF victims like my family and me in EMF fighting. Other than that I do not have any ambition to take somebody else's glory. I hereby make it clear that I do not have any ego to become a champion of the global organization. We should all work together.

Having said that I would like to propose the following macro-timetable to fulfill the goal.

To the end of September 2006--- Suggestions and discussions (Extended due to summer vacation)

By the end of this year -- Analyze and recommend the discussion results.

By the end of 2008 --- Each country completes establishment of its database and network for its members. Select one or more representatives from each country.

By the end of 2011 --- The representatives shall form a steering committee. The steering committee shall select the name and write the charter of the organization. Completion of global database and network for the members. If possible call a conference. Video Conference may be one way of achieving it.

This timetable is also for discussions. This is big task that may require a large amount of money eventually. But let us approach the task from a different perspective. We have to realize the fact that we have a formidable modern tool, the "Internet". I have seen a country electing its president by Internet power. That is the tool, which provides us chance to communicate each other. We already have a minimal network that can be nurtured to be the seed of the global network (organization).

When I said "Global Umbrella Organization", I meant an Electronic Network (Organization) or E-Network. This way we should be able to make quite success with shoestring budget. We may ask minimal membership fee. If the organization can prove its effectiveness, money may not be a big problem. There are millions potential members, the people living near to HV power lines or around Cell phone antennas. The organization can start with a small task as putting out unified information. It is my experience that many sources putting out the same news in many contradicting ways. (Example).

WHO has tried to normalize the EMF guidelines without too much success especially with eastern countries. Western arrogance was the main reason for the failure. We have to reach out to include eastern countries with humility. To the West, the East seemed backwards in many ways. But it was the Soviet Union that shocked the entire world when it launched the first satellite into space in 1957. Remember that Russia was the country which kept the space station alive during the period of space shuttle absence.

There are many good articles on non-thermal EMF health hazards by individuals, institutes and groups. But it will be very hard if not possible to move WHO and utility giants that resembles a herd of elephants. Even the good articles are like specks of ant bites to them. We have to be a swarm of ants to beat the herd of giant elephants.

Thanks,

Kyong



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Akute Gesundheitsgefährdung für Anwohner der Mobilfunksender (Mittenwalder Strasse, S-Bahnhof, Schleichersteig) in Icking

//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/icking_anonym_200606.doc


Nachricht von Helmut Breunig



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Mobilfunkopfer
//omega.twoday.net/stories/372640/

Mikrowellensyndrom weit unterhalb der Grenzwerte der 26.BimschV bei Anwohnern des Mobilfunksenders Aschaffenburger Str. 31, 63808 Haibach

//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/haibach_anonym_020706.doc


Nachricht von Helmut Breunig

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Mikrowellensyndrom: Zusammenfassung von Erhebungen von Dr. med. Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam
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Mobilfunkopfer
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Mikrowellensyndrom weit unterhalb der Grenzwerte der 26.BimschV bei Anwohnern der Mobilfunksender Kaiserslauterer Str. 77 und 86, Homburg /Saar-Bruchhof

//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/bruchhof_anonym_020706.doc


Nachricht von Helmut Breunig

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Mikrowellensyndrom: Zusammenfassung von Erhebungen von Dr. med. Cornelia Waldmann-Selsam
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Mobilfunkopfer
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Weather modification raises red flags, but pushes ahead

//www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/nation/14938504.htm


Informant: Dani Djinn

Prescription for misperceptions from Dr. Repacholi

New sleeping pills from the WHO factory against public "wrong" perceptions: see news at www.microwavenews.com about the "problem" with public perception, and Drs Repacholi and Veyret want to prescribe the public a new "quick fix":
//www.buergerwelle.de/pdf/prescription_for_misperceptions_from_repacholi.htm


Iris Atzmon



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Making Us Sick: The True Health Costs of the Mobile/Wireless 'Revolution'

The new version of our "GRAM" leaflet (now renamed "Making Us Sick: The True Health Costs of the Mobile/Wireless 'Revolution'") has been officially launched on our website at //www.nomasts.org.uk . It is a big
300K download, but should be well worth the effort. The direct link is at:- //www.nomasts.org.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=17&Itemid=89

Please mention it as widely as possible!

We have also produced a "Quick Two Page Summary" version which we are delivering throughout our area. This is not directly advertised as such on our website, but can be found at //www.nomasts.org.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=7 . If you like the contents you can probably change the group name and print it out in your area too.

Regards,

Martin,
Goldsworth Residents Against the Masts (GRAM)
//www.nomasts.org.uk

Breast cancer cluster in Australia: ABC Toowong to close after cancer scare

It has just been reported in the Australian media that there has been a further occurrence of breast cancer at the ABC building at Toowong, Queensland. Concerns were raised earlier in 2005 and the Queensland health department’s 2005 report is at:
//www.abc.net.au/corp/pubs/documents/ABC_Breast_Cancer_Investigation_Report.pdf

Note in the first of the three news items below where Konrad Jamrozik, a Professor of “Evidence Based Health Care” takes the bizarre opinion that there are no known environmental causes of breast cancer. To quote: “Not pesticides, not background radiation, not mobile telephones, no, none of those things.” However the professor does suggest that a factor may be the woman’s consumption of alcohol may be important !!!!!!!!! Perhaps it was those Friday afternoon drinking sessions at the local pub that are the cause! The inference of the professor is that it is probably the fault of the woman because of their life styles.

Professor Jamrozik’s ignorance of the evidence is inexcusable. Is this what “evidence based health care” is all about? For a start the professor should read the breast cancer archives on this list:

//www.emfacts.com/weblog/?cat=41&submit=GO

AND what about the EMF testing to date? Did they try the same old spin as at RMIT? All is fine as the measured levels were below the NH&MRC guidelines. Lets hope they do an honest investigation and not rely on evidenced based bullshit. Of course the EMF possibility may not be a factor at all. But the CLEAR evidence to date in Australia shows a great reluctance to even consider the possibility.

Don Maisch


PM - ABC Brisbane considers move over cancer cases
//www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2006/s1680764.htm

PM - Thursday, 6 July , 2006 18:33:08

Reporter: Melanie Christiansen MARK COLVIN: The ABC’s Brisbane management says it will consider moving its staff to another building because of a cluster of breast cancer cases.

ABC staff were advised today that another employee had undergone a mastectomy operation this week. It’s the ninth confirmed case of breast cancer among ABC Brisbane staff in 11 years. But ABC management say there’s still no evidence of any link between the cases, as Melanie Christiansen reports.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: Journalist Jo Stone was 31 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time she was working as a producer in the ABC’s Brisbane newsroom.

JO STONE: I was diagnosed in March last year, after another producer was diagnosed, and I’ve had four operations now. I’ve had lymph nodes removed, I’ve had radiation, I’ve gone two years of drug treatment as well.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: For her, the latest case of breast cancer at the ABC is shocking news.

JO STONE: It’s just devastating. It’s devastating to hear, and it’s frightening, and I’m angry, I’m really angry and I want to know why. I want to know, there’s no … they say it’s just a coincidence, but it just seems too much to be a coincidence now, especially now. And I think, I think that the ABC should close that place down while they do testing.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: Jo Stone has now left the ABC in Brisbane. Another of the women affected, Nadia Farha, is still working there.

NADIA FARHA: It’s pretty, I think troubling, and unsettling to hear of the news, because I think you try and put it all behind you and get on with your life, and then you hear something like this and it brings all back into focus and it throws into doubt, you know, your future. And you wonder, you know, should I still be working here? Your head says be sensible and they can’t find anything, but your heart says well maybe there is something there that no one can pinpoint and requires further investigation.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: But she’s not sure about calls to move the ABC’s Brisbane operation.

NADIA FARHA: I know some people are saying that, and I know some people want to walk out of the building and not come back. I really don’t know. I spoke to my breast surgeon about the situation, and he even said to me it was a really freaky occurrence, and I told him the history, I told him they’d looked at the building and done the investigation, and I said to him what do you think we should do? And he said tear down the building.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: Lisa Backhouse is the weekend newsreader and presenter of Queensland’s Stateline program. She too is still undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

LISA BACKHOUSE: I think it’s time we took the issue seriously. When RMIT recently had a case where they had seven brain tumours in their staff and in students, they closed the building and said that the safety of their staff was their priority and no one was going to be allowed back into the building until they had thoroughly tested the site, the soil, the water, the air. I think it’s time that the ABC had a very close look at the premises here at Toowong, to consider whether perhaps it’s time we took it as seriously.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: But the ABC’s Queensland Director, Chris Wordsworth, says the site has already been thoroughly tested by Queensland Health and others for any possible cause of breast cancer.

CHRIS WORDSWORTH: We’ve have undertaken a number of tests by independent organisations and, like the Queensland Health investigation, they have cleared the site of any known or probable link between breast cancer and working on this site.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: People have talked about whether the operation should be moved from this site. Is that something management would consider?

CHRIS WORDSWORTH: You and I have just come from a meeting with concerned staff, and I have given them my word that I would look at all suggestions from them.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: Given these are colleagues and friends, as you said, would you be happier if the operation moved sites?

CHRIS WORDSWORTH: If that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes, but to date, there is nothing that we have been presented with by independent third parties or anyone else for that matter that would lead us to taking that sort of drastic action.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: That’s a view supported by Konrad Jamrozik, a Professor of Evidence Based Health Care at the University of Queensland.

KONRAD JAMROZIK: In thinking about breast cancer and its distribution in the world, and within particular countries and populations, there is at the moment no major recognised environmental factor. A woman’s reproductive history, and increasing evidence about the amount of alcohol that women consume may be also important.

MELANIE CHRISTIANSEN: But nothing environmental?

KONRAD JAMROZIK: Not pesticides, not background radiation, not mobile telephones, no, none of those things.

MARK COLVIN: Professor Konrad Jamrozik ending that report from Melanie Christiansen.

9th ABC cancer woman
//www.theaustralian.news.com.au/printpage/0,5942,19710767,00.html

07 July 06 A NINTH woman in 12 years has been diagnosed with breast cancer while working at an ABC newsroom in Brisbane.

ABC state director Chris Wordsworth said staff at the Toowong site were told yesterday that the employee underwent a mastectomy this week.

A Queensland Health investigation last April found no link between the cases and the Toowong site.

Mr Wordsworth said independent tests, including for electromagnetic and radio frequency emissions, had also not identified a cause.

“We have undertaken a number of tests by independent organisations and, like the Queensland Health investigation, they have cleared the site of any known or probable link between breast cancer and working on the site,” he said.

Jo Stone, an ABC television reporter at Toowong diagnosed with breast cancer last March, called for the site to be relocated.

“They say it’s a coincidence but it just seems too much to be a coincidence now,” she said.

The Toowong cases follow a recent cancer cluster scare at an RMIT University building in Melbourne, where seven people who worked on the top floors have been diagnosed with brain tumours in the past seven years. Health authorities insist there is no evidence of any link with mobile phone towers on the site’s roof.

AAP


//www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200607/s1680848.htm

Last Update: Friday, July 7, 2006. 7:00am (AEST)

Management to consult staff on ABC cancer cases A senior ABC news manager from Sydney will travel to Brisbane today as staff at the Toowong site consider industrial action over the ninth reported case of breast cancer in 11 years. Today’s visit by Alan Sunderland, the ABC’s head of network and state coverage, follows yesterday’s revelations another worker had surgery for breast cancer this week. “The reason I’m going up there is not to tell people everything is okay,” he said. “The reason I’m going up there is to find out what further investigations we can do.” The union will also meet staff. David Waters from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance says some are demanding they be relocated. “While there are ongoing diagnoses of cancer, the most determined action needs to be taken,” he said. ABC management says tests have cleared the Toowong site of any link to the ‘cancer cluster’. But Mr Sunderland says he understands why some staff want to move the inner Brisbane operation after yesterday hearing about the latest case, and he does not rule that out. “ABC’s keen to do everything it possibly can to make sure it’s investigating the situation, taking the best advice available to it, I’m confident we’re doing that,” he said. “But obviously I want to hear from the staff themselves. I’m interested in hearing any suggestions for what more we can do or should do.”

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Comments about: //www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=511
from Iris Atzmon

“Not pesticides, not background radiation, not mobile telephones, no, none of those things.” - I think the Israeli cancer association would readily hire him. It is indeed the fashion among “the cancer industry” to speak like that. They call it “evidence based”. I call it “cash based”. The evidence is the last thing on their minds. I would check who funds him.

With regard to measurements, here are some general lessons I learnt from the Israeli experience:

- never to believe easily to the reported results until you check them yourself and until you know exacly where they measured the radiation. For example measurments in Israel are done many times in places where the person is not present like behind trees, outside buildings instead of inside and tricks like that. Especially to be suspicious when the results are not given in clear numbers but in vague sentences like “percentage from the standard” or “stands within the standard”. What are the exact numbers? This is the question. Saying that results are similar to other places doesn’t prove anything, maybe also in other places there are clusters that are not reported? etc.

- There may be a calibration problem in other countries as there is in Israel. It was found out that the Israeli laboratory that calibrates the measurement devices is not an authorized laboratory by the national authority for laboratories authorization, which means it is not authorized to calibrate the radiation devices because it does not stand in ISO 17025 standard. There was a meeting about it in the parliament with the Env. ministry but the Environment ministry (that changed its name lately to “environmental protection ministry”, I don’t really know why because it’s not what they are doing) still ignores the problem. There were found significant differences between results from the laboratory and results that were received in other devices that were calibrated abroad. Sometimes 10 fold differences. Still, the state insists to calibrate in this particular laboratory, and the head of the laboratory who actually calibrates the devices (although his laboratory is not authorized) gives lectures to the public which are paid by industry which is conflict of interest, and generally he is very connected with the industry. This situation can be also in other countries, Israel didn’t invent the wheel.

Iris

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Spinning the ABC breast cancer cluster
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ABC Toowong to close after cancer scare
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=604

ABC may face cancer lawsuits
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=607

Toowong breast cancer cluster
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=642

Correction to the message: Toowong breast cancer cluster
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=643

The Courier Mail mentions “new” report on Toowong ABC studios
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Toowong: still no hard data from ARPANSA
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=645

Keeping the heat on the Toowong ‘cover-up’?
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=646

Removing incriminating evidence at Toowong
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=647

Comments on re: Toowong
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=648

Interim Report presented to staff
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=649

Cancer fight 'cost my job' at Toowong
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=650

Toowong ABC expert panel head refuses to release ELF report
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=651

More on the continuing debacle at Toowong
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=656

The continuing saga at Toowong
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=671

Greens Senator Bob Brown's Senate questions on Toowong
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=672

More on the half-hearted ABC Toowong breast cancer investigation
//www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=745

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Cancer fear makes ABC move out

December 21, 2006 - 1:45PM

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ABC's news department will abandon its Brisbane studios following an investigation that blamed the workplace for the high incidence of breast cancer among female workers.

The independent review could not pinpoint the cause of the cancer, but concluded it was related to the office environment, ABC radio reported.

Some staff would move out today, others would go coming days.

Experts have spent the past five months conducting an investigation after it was revealed 12 women who worked at the Toowong office in Brisbane's inner-west had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 11 years.

Eight of the women worked in the newsroom and most had been there for more than five years.

ABC managing director Mark Scott met with staff today to discuss the findings of the investigation and tell them of the planned relocation.

Earlier this year Mr Scott said he would not relocate staff unless the investigation found evidence of a cancer cluster.

The study showed women who worked at the office reported breast cancer at a rate 11 times higher than the general working community, ABC radio reported today.

Almost 100 ABC staff members walked off the job in July to demand a relocation.

All female staff working at the Toowong office were immediately offered free mammograms, and a free counselling service was made available during the investigation.

Mr Scott has today extended the offer to women at other ABC sites around Australia, ABC radio reported. he review, chaired by Sydney University public health professor Bruce Armstrong, concluded it would have been reasonable for 1.6 women in the studio to have suffered breast cancer, but the prevalence could not be due to a statistical abnormality.

It found women who worked for the broadcaster in Brisbane were between three and 11 times more likely to suffer breast cancer.

The report ruled out a number of lifestyle and environmental factors, but was unable to pinpoint the cause.

The women did not have a higher level of personal risk factors, as all did significant amounts of exercise, were non-smokers and none had a family history of cancer.

The investigation also tested radiation levels in the building and ruled that out as the cause.

An ABC reporter who attended the meeting with Mr Scott said about 250 people worked at the studio.

Staff in the newsroom, where the concentration of cancer was highest, would move out today, she said.

Most would probably work temporarily at the Ten Network and Network Seven's newsrooms.

Staff at other programs such as Australian Story and Landline would be moved to a temporary location in coming days, she said.

"When Mark Scott, the managing director, handed down the report, there were a number of women who were crying," the reporter said.

"A combination of emotions for the people they know, the women who have had breast cancer, and of course for these young girls in their early 30s who are now concerned that they might have ... conducted breast cancer because they've worked there."


Informant: binstock

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ABC television studios new low radiation levels cancer probe
//www.topcancernews.com/news/43/1/ABC-television-studios-new-low-radiation-levels-cancer-probe



ABC TV on cancer cluster

12/03/2007

Australian Story looks inside a health and workplace crisis that's been described as a first in Australia and possibly the world.

Arguably it's a situation that could have happened anywhere. But it happened at the national broadcaster and it involves people more used to reporting the news than making the news.

The crisis became a major news story just before Christmas when the ABC announced the closure of its Queensland headquarters because of the confirmed high level of breast cancer among women employees, many of them only in their 30s and early 40s.

The closure, thought to be on a scale that is unprecedented, followed a report by an independent scientific panel appointed by the ABC's new Managing Director, Mark Scott.

The report found that the incidence of breast cancer among women working at the ABC in Brisbane was around six times higher than expected. The chances of this being a statistical fluke were put at "one in a million''.

Mr Scott says, "breast cancer clusters like this hadn't been found anywhere else in the world.'' He recalls that when he first heard the statistic he had to check that he was hearing correctly.

But no on-site cause could be found at the time, although investigations are continuing.

Australian Story has the personal stories of the women who say their long campaign against the site has been justified. And the program – comprising two episodes - looks at the medical and scientific mystery that remains and the possible implications for women everywhere.

PROGRAM EXTRAS

Million to One (Part 1) - Transcript
//www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2007/s1870108.htm

With kind regards

Sarah Dacre
MSc
ACIB London, UK


Informant: Martin Weatherall

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